19 May 2013
I’m not an happy person with this car. I have had my car for a year now and it has been in the garge 3 times. First with the gear box and cluch which I had to buy new, the second time with the arial leaking rain in to the cabin and on to my cd player. It has now failed its MoT on braking so it had to have all new brakes put in and yet it’s still not working. I have not had a car now for 5 weeks. I phoned Chevrolet and they were no help. If anyone is thinking of buying one of these cars I would tell them not to. I bought this car to celebrate all my hard work in passing my exams, but now I having nothing to show for that.
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Type and model number M200 Matiz.The recall concerns 2007-2009 model year vehicles. The affected vehicles fall in the VINs range from: KL1KA484J7C199291 to KL1KF484J9C645837. Danger Injuries An incorrect type of brake fluid may have been installed during production. This fluid may cause internal corrosion of the ABS module. As a result, the vehicles affected may experience reduced brake performance and/or a spongy, low brake pedal operation due to a sticking valve within the ABS module, which could lead to a road accident. Measures Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer. Reporting country - Amanda Mcnamara from England
Love my little Matiz. Had her from new and she’s been great for me, cheap to run and so good to drive, I will miss her when I upgrade to a Chevrolet Spark in about a year.
Had delivery on it at 8.30am today,done over 70 miles and fuel gauge has not moved, STILL ON quarter of a tank. Bit bumpy around town, open road bit hairy, but for £99 per month lease 5 stars. If I get more employees i’ll get loads of these. Brilliant value for money.
I’ve had one of these before, fantasic on fuel though, I do freeroll a lot down hills, (a habit I’ve got used to I’m afraid). It’s coming tomorrow on a 3 year contract hire. I’m a self employed telecoms agent so I only drive locally, Credit record is appaling thanks to Experian messing up my file (lots of false info) so being self employed I thought for tax reasons I’d get a hire vehicle, cheap and cheerful. As my dad said years ago "Son, a third class ride is better than a first class walk" that’s how I base these cars, better than walking, tax next to zero.
This is my second Matiz, the first was an auto but my new one is a manual 1 litre. Great car, loads of room inside, very reliable , just one niggle which is not a fault just the way they are, when changing gear the revs go slighlty up before dropping. I will get used to living with this, but for just over £4k with 1000 miles on it was a bargain not to be missed and with air con now that’s a plus.
I bought my car 01.07.2009 after 2 weeks I found the problem with sticky gearbox. Twice in service still unsolved as service can’t find the fault. Service package with new car is not recommended by me.
Brilliant car. However, had an accident recently. Was intending to change gear and put foot on brake pedal by mistake. Police officer advised that pedals were close together in this make of vehicle due to the fact that it is a small car and there is not much room underneath the drivers cab. Never happened to me in my previous 2002 Matiz but am now very cautious when changing gear or braking, making sure I have my left foot on the correct pedal!!!
Awful! Cheap plastic - felt safer in a Sinclair C5! Ridiculously noisy at anything over 40 mph - cannot keep up with dual carriage way traffic. I cannot wait to give it back. Nil points - rather buy a bicycle. Street credibility of a week old kebab - only good point is that my teenage son will not stop laughing at me.
Not a bad City Hopper. Ideal for driving around in the city or town to get your shopping in. Its roomy inside and four adults can easily and comfortable sit and have even leg room, however the roof height should be a bit higher due to if one is on the tall side has to bend their neck slightly. This car is good value for money in regards to mileage coverage and parts. Would be also suitable for a first time driver due to low insurance class. All in all a nice nippy car to own.
This was my first car and I have found it to be highly suitable; reasonable manoeuvrability coupled with good fuel economy made this car ideal for my predominantly around town trips. The main problem with this car is that you cannot fit in the back unless you disassemble your lower body first.
Had this car on lease - never again. Felt very small and unstable. Parking was easy, about the only positive thing. Terrifying to drive on busy roads, not enough oumff to get anywhere fast, possibly the worst car I have ever driven really glad to hand it back.
Well it seems it’s been said before but this car is a good run around, however, get it on the motorway above 60 mph and it gets a little hairy. Brilliant for about town and great on the old purse to run but not something I’d buy if I did a lot of long distance journeys. I don’t so it suits my needs well.
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There is a little flap under the handbrake about 6"x3", lift it up and you will see a plastic plug. Lift off and plug in - Paul from Staffordshire
Amanda’s review is short and sweet and is spot on. This is a very economical run around that is dependable if unexciting. One of the major minus points was the cornering and I never felt as safe as I would have liked when driving, especially jerky around roundabouts. Still, the low CO2 emissions certainly gave me a sense of well-being and as I’ve already said, the running costs were excellent. It is a good run around, that simple really.
Good run around.
0.8 S - The Chevrolet Matiz is looking to compete against other “budget” cars such as the Kia Picanto and Fiat Panda. In some aspects it leads its rivals but falls short in too many areas. [...]
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